Favre managed to keep much of texting lawsuit out of public view

AP

When a celebrity faces a lawsuit, a settlement often happens not because of the actual potential liability but because of the harm that could be done if certain facts make their way to the public eye.

As to the lawsuit filed against former Jets quarterback Brett Favre by a pair of massage therapists, Favre was able to keep most of the potentially embarrassing facts private.

The folks at Deadspin went to the courthouse in New York City to peruse the file, and they learned that Favre’s lawyers managed to shield most of the potentially embarrassing information from the media.  That happens via what the law calls a “protective order,” which keeps certain information private during the pre-trial process.

Ultimately, any trial of a civil lawsuit happens in an open courtroom, barring circumstances involving for example children or other legally-protected individual.  For Favre, a lawsuit would have unfolded without any protections, which means the dirty laundry would have been flapping around for everyone to see.

That may be why he settled the case.  As we explained back in 2011 after the lawsuit was filed, the case seemed to be weak.  But even a weak case can make the defendant look very bad if certain facts supporting it — or remotely related to it — are disclosed publicly.

As to the Jets, Deadspin points out that most of the claims against the team were dismissed in 2012.  Which means that the Jets may have contributed little to any settlement.  The bulk of the money possibly came from Favre.

No one is saying anything about the resolution.  That’s typical in cases like this; when the defendant pays, the defendant insists on confidentiality.

For Favre, confidentiality seemed to be a keep aspect of his approach to the case.

28 responses to “Favre managed to keep much of texting lawsuit out of public view

  1. And yet the Skip Baylesses of the world and Vikings fans call this guy a class act that the Packers did dirty. I’ve heard many other stories the Packers covered up over the years from the public to keep Favre in a good light.

  2. filthymcnasty1 says: May 30, 2013 10:58 PM

    He’ll always be remembered as that creepy douche.

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    Maybe in your eyes, just another Green Bay hater. I got a ton of respect for the guy. I’ll remember him for his 3 consecutive MVPs and how he came to Minny and promptly spanked Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in both games.
    He would have 2 rings if the Saints didn’t put that hit out on him.

  3. Favre was a kind of dumb, impulsive man-child who lived in the moment, never considered consequences, and could throw the hell out of a football.

    You know he has his regrets now but you best believe he had some fun along the way.

  4. Looks like Brett is a scapegoat. Whether he did it or not is not the issue, its about an attractive gold digger cashing in and got her payday..

    Many players get caught in compromising circumstances because of their fame or notoriety. I would rather rather remember a players playing days over such drama like this unless I was a Packer fan still mad at Brett for wearing enemy colors. It is what it is…………………………….

  5. It’s actually quite amazing and breathtaking, Favre went from top of the mountain, hero-worship status to sexual deviant pervert status in the time it takes to press “send” on your cell phone.

    Few in NFL history have fallen further and faster in such a short period of time.

    If there is any humor in this, its the fact that this scandal and his sending lewd pictures scandal both became public while he was a Viking. The team that paid him the most money and gave him the most say in how the organization would run was in the end, the most disappointed. Not that disappointment is anything new in Minnesota, so their collective legacies at least share that much in common.

  6. I”m sure the payoff is insignifcant compared to what he had to promise his wife in order for her to not leave him. Whats worst is I bet he humiliated his kids in the process as well. Worth it?

  7. And yet the Skip Baylesses of the world and Vikings fans call this guy a class act that the Packers did dirty…darling isn’t it? If he would’ve stayed a Packer the Viking fans would be leading the charge to crucify the guy.

  8. ninerfan81 says:
    May 31, 2013 8:17 AM
    I”m sure the payoff is insignifcant compared to what he had to promise his wife in order for her to not leave him. Whats worst is I bet he humiliated his kids in the process as well. Worth it?
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    From her own book, she knew that he was a cheating scumbag and stayed with him anyway. She may be overly sentimental or she may want her kids to have dad at home, or she may just love the fame and money of being married to him (which she would be giving up some of were they divorced) . It’s hard to say.

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